Fermented Oats Improved my Fitness
Quick recap of my primal experience; tried it for six months, felt great at first and then crashed hard. Got sick a lot, battled a recurring sinus infection, couldn't do any intense exercise.
Finally I upped the carbs, started eating tons of potatoes, both white and sweet, and cut back on protein. Things were looking good. I kept my weight down, I felt better, and I think I've finally banished that sinus infection. My lesson from this was, if I can plenty of carbs without ill effect whats the next step? I decided to pursue weston a. price style grain preparations. On workout days or just for some variety I've thrown in thick cut oats soaked in a water and yogurt mixture for 24 hours. The end product cooks up in about 5 minutes and I add in butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and some sea salt.
The results were almost immediate. My workouts (nothing fancy, mark's 5 essentials) improved. I gained 2 to 3 reps in every exercise right of the bat. Previously, during a workout I would be hit by a feeling of nausea and dizziness about 3/4 of the way in and I would have to stop and lay down before completing my sets. That feeling has disappeared.
My guess is the oats filled in the some micronutrient holes in my diet. The conclusion, grains arent evil and actually are useful in a diet. Small disclaimer though, I've never had overt or acute issues with gluten so I was able to dive in with much hesitation. I've since incorporated some sprouted sourdough(finally I can eat a sandwich again) which is actually pretty delicious.
If your finding that primal doesn't fix all your woes, I'd seriously consider adding some fermented grains to your diet.
"One can only be a perfect physician for oneself alone. " ~ Luigi Cornaro